Monday, April 13, 2009

Book Report: A Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy

"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue-green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea."

And so begins Douglas Adams', A Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

This is a masterpiece of science fiction that's laugh-out-loud funny.

Earthling Arthur Dent is about to see his home bulldozed when he's sort of rescued by Ford Prefect {a character `not descended from the primates'} and snatched from the Earth right before it's destroyed to make room for an intergalactic superhighway.

Ford is a researcher for a publication called the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Together, Arthur and Ford have plenty of Monty Pythonesque adventures as they jump onto the spaceship named The Heart of Gold and travel throughout space.

The characters in the book are completely unique...a depressed robot, a supercomputer named Deep Thought, and Zaphod Bebblebrox, the two-headed president of the galaxy, among them. Deep Thought has been designed to answer the question to the meaning of life. You'll get that in the second half of the book.

Huge fun for those of you {us} with a twisted sense of humor.

3 1/2 stars.

P.S. This is the first book in a five-book trilogy.

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